Remember this story I wrote about watching the Mermaid Body Found documentary on Animal Planet about a year ago? Well, guess what? The Discovery Channel recently aired a follow up, aptly titled Mermaids The New Evidence.
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In Mermaids: the Body Found, the Animal Planet brings us into a world where the legends of mermaids is real. While slated as a documentary, it is more realistically described as a science fiction portrayal of real-life events.
Mermaids: The Body Found blends real-life events and fairy tales with the story of two scientists who testify they found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature. We watch as CGI creates a world where mermaids really do exist, and gives us a picture of how they may have evolved over the years.
Mermaids: The Body Found is a story about evolutionary possibility grounded in a radical scientific theory – the Aquatic Ape Theory, which claims that humans had an aquatic stage in our evolutionary past. While coastal flooding millions of years ago turned some of our ancestors inland, is it possible that one group of our ancestors didn’t retreat from water but rather went in deeper? Could they have ventured farther into sea out of necessity and to find food?
Now the Discovery Channel brings us Mermaids The New Evidence, where the former NOAA marine biologist Dr Paul Robertson, who spoke out in Mermaids The Body Found, tells us of the aftermath he encountered as a whistle blower, and how he still believes in what he told us in Mermaids The Body Found.
We're shown a video taken in Kirat Yam, Isreal, that was taken in 2009. Someone caught a mermaid on video on the Kirat Yam coastline, and Shmuell Sisso, mayor of Kirat Yam is offering a million dollars for clear evidence of a mermaid, as he feels (rightly so) the 2009 video is not indisputable proof.
Now, of course this is all presented as fact in Mermaids The New Evidence, as a very serious documentary, but if you dig a little, you'll find that the Animal Planet executives admit that they are just trying to open a dialogue - they're not actually saying that mermaids are real.
I think the real point of Mermaids The Body Found and Mermaids The New Evidence is this: future Navy sonar testing will effect 33 million marine mammals over the next 5 years - and this is according to Navy estimates.
It seems that over the last 10 years or so, many of our beached whales have been a result of this sonar testing, and it doesn't appear that the government really gives a shit. Of course, the United States government isn't the only one who values profitable enterprise over sea life.
In Animal Planet's Mermaids: The New Evidence, they bring in a researcher from the Greenland area who was listening for marine life off the coast of Greenland, in preparation for sonar testing. Guess what they heard? A bloop - just like the marine biologists who were involved in Mermaids The Body Found last year. Upon further inspection, they actually SAW a mermaid!
Pretty freaky, right?
I know after watching the Animal Planet's Mermaid The Body Found that this was not actually real, but it was still amazing and fun to watch. I love fairy tales, and what better fairy tale than to think that mermaids might actually exist?
Before beginning his world famous circus, PT Barnum ran Barnum American Museum where he had curiosities, such as a Fiji mermaid. No one knows what happened to it, but it's said to have been a monkey torso sewn onto a fish tail. It probably looked something like this one...
Barnum found "A Real Mermaid" on display in a local traveling freak show. He bought it prior to the civil war to be unveiled about 20 years after the Fiji mermaid, but a horrible fire broke out at the museum and destroyed everything - except for a few photos.
Of course the photos looked exactly like the animated creations by the Animal Planet...
Even if you don't take it seriously, I recommend watching The Animal Planet's Mermaids: The Body Found and Mermaids: The New Evidence.
If for no other purpose - it's fun.
All photos courtesy: TheAnimalPlanet.com.
that does sound like fun to watch.
How fun! We will definitely be watching this!
Dude that skeleton freaks me out, even if it is fake LOL
Totally crazy! I guess you never know!
There is so much we don't know in this world who knows!
This is so interesting! I just had a convo this morning with my preschooler about whetehr she thinks mermaid are real or not. She thinks they are, so I will go with that.. for now 😉
My son was FREAKED out when we watched the first one! I am surprised he got in the ocean in May..lol!
I wish we had Animal Planet -- I totally missed this. 🙁
I saw that and that is waas spectacular there is so much we don't know about what goes on in our oceans that scientist are discovering new things out all the time
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I started to watch it then didn't...
it has to be real the cant lie and tell the world there are mermaids if there not it would not be worth a watch if not real
I saw this and I totally believe that this is true I mean the scientist say themselves they haven't discovered all of the ocean so it can be true and all the stuff they are saying makes a lot of since I mean they just discovered two humongous whales they could have mermaids out there
Totally disappointed! I wasted an hour of my life on nonsense. I suppose we can all be fooled. Our minds believe what we want. If only it were true. And perhaps it is, "big brother" has lied many times before.
I know how you feel. I thought it was a real documentary the first time I watched it. LOL! When I found out it was fake, I had to edit this post! It was still better than any of the other crap on TV last night, though!
you missed out not only did you miss that the first marine biologist who is going out on a BIG could get him fired kind of big boy balls he also looks just like Zach Galifianakis. I was laugh at how much If I could I would make Will Ferrell as the host of the show. There is a little guy with glasses that is funny too. I would cast him as the guy who under water at a deep depth who shot some AMAZING video even if it was a hox it was worth the watch just for the fact that a REAL Marine Biologist look that much like a twin it is crazy to me. That was just amazing to me as the Mermaids real or not it was a well put together.
right there are things in life that cant be discover?
Does anyone know the website that gives evidence to this being fake??